Edibility of tomatoes with a virus

Asked August 11, 2017, 7:05 PM EDT

My tomato plants are stunted, yellowing and fruit has yellow splotches. They are producing tomatoes that are beginning to ripen. Can we eat this fruit? Or should we pull the plants up and discard?

Montezuma County Colorado

1 Response

If you are sure the tomato plants have a virus, you can eat the fruit, although they will not taste the best. It is best to remove the infected plant material and dispose of them. Sanitation and prevention are some of the best tools when dealing with plant diseases.